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1954 Kurtis 500KK Roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, May 10, 2012.

  1. 55bird
    Joined: Feb 14, 2012
    Posts: 321

    from Spokane WA

    Yowwwza! What a ride!

    An old friend of mine ran around with Bruce Trennery, owner of Fantasy Junction, in high school. Told stories about buying beat up old foreign cars and fixing them up to sell. Guess old Bruce has come a long way!
  2. The George Takei "oh my" were the first words that came through my mind when I say that first pic.

    Absolutely beautiful...
  3. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


  4. 55bird
    Joined: Feb 14, 2012
    Posts: 321

    from Spokane WA

    Oops. Double post.
  5. yes, same car.
  6. Good Lord...that's a beautiful car, a real work of art.
  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    So very awesome....
  8. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,046

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Now that's a Stovebolt!!!!!!!!!
  9. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,046

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Hey Pickle,
    When are we gonna grab that burger and beer @ the Broiler????
    Ya gotta drive your ropadster from Teddy;s and I'll drive mine. I promissed
    that deal nearly 5 yrs ago when the broiler was just rubble.
    (Didn't mean to hijack this thread;) ).
  10. seret
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 539


    I love that thing! makes me wish my car was done.
  11. crosleykook
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 186

    from sackamento

    I'm with everybody else: Damn near perfect.

    That place always has amazing stuff. I once had a chance to buy a car before it ended up at Fantasy Junction... seller didn't mention the (major) history and I didn't know what it was until FJ listed it 3 months later - at almost 50% more than I could have had it for. And it sold fast. That was about 9 years ago and I still kick myself regularly over it.
  12. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,788


    I am stunned, perfect in every way. There are 92 photos on the website and that's not nearly enough. This is one of those cars you could lay under for hours and examine every rivet, nut, bolt , and piece of safety wire. Thank you so much for posting!!
  13. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,914

    from Tampa, FL

    Super cool. But to be little bit of a naysayer, the car seems to have spent it's life in storage, being massaged, etc. What is the actual racing record? Famous drivers, big races won, etc.? Anyone know? Compared to the other 50+ sister machines, how does it really stack up? Gary
  14. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Very tasty, however the inclusion of an alternator (among other items) during the "sympathetic restoration", although understandable, is a bit of a shame IMO.
  15. wow, thats an amazing looking car
  16. 34fordchop
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 244

    from California

    Very cool, amazing!
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 292


    My father in law sold his '66 Ferrari front engine v12 at FJ. I have one of his bent and broken con-rods on the wall of my shop. FJ rebuilt it, for more than all my junk put together. Thanks for the post, I will share it with him.
  18. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,349


    That's not the only thing that is sad/shame, check out the plastic caps on the master cylinders. Also an electric fan has been installed.
    IMO .02

    The military fighter plane clock on the dash is interesting. The car as a whole is amazing.

    Did anyone catch this? >>>> "Even the invoice for the raw sheet aluminum to make the original body, dated September 19, 1955 is included. "
    Yet the car is a 1954
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  19. Terry Buffum
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 287

    Terry Buffum
    from Oregon

    The builder actually was a fabricator at Kurtis so he probably built the frame himself. I knew him from the go kart era (1960 on) when he and Art Ingles had the company called Carretta. Art had also worked for Kurtis.

    "California" Bill Fisher was one of the founders of Go Power where I worked from 1960 to 1973. I bought his interest when he wanted to go back into the specialty book business with "H.P. Books".

    All three of them are now long gone.

    I hope the car eventually makes it to a West Coast vintage sports car race, but it was originally intended as a street machine. As many have said, it should be a wonderful sound even if it isn't super fast.
    Joined: Jul 14, 2008
    Posts: 516


  21. rbantique
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 6,403

    from maine

    Floats my Boat

    If we ALL chipped in $25.00 would we have enough to buy it ??
  22. yxrancher
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 13


    This car is a perfect example of why I love the HAMB and JJ!

    Absolute heaven in metal brought forth for all our enjoyment.

    This is the most beautiful car.
  23. BigBlockBuck
    Joined: Jun 19, 2010
    Posts: 64


    Damn! 3 pages and not one single negative comment, that's got to be a HAMB first.

    As everyone has said, LOVE IT! Just about damn perfect, the only thing wrong with it is that it's not sitting in my garage.
  24. yetiskustoms
    Joined: May 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,930


  25. 1turbobrick
    Joined: Sep 10, 2011
    Posts: 62


    This car is even more stunning in real life. I'm fortunate to see it on a daily basis...:D

    The '55 Kurtis 500KK has the original engine in it...a fuel injected 283. They didn't show up until 1957. It took Jack Sutton 2 years to build the car so while it's listed as a '55, it wasn't on the road until after 1957. I suspect the year is based on the chassis build date, not when the car was put into service.
  26. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    That car is a work of art, from one end to the other.
    No detail was left unchecked. EVERY bracket and tab seems to have been drilled with lightening holes, and every fastener is wired.

    All the gauges seem like they're there for the sake of being there... like two fuel gauges.
    I can easily forgive the alternator... the electric fan will take a little more time to get over, but I can understand the need.
    But whoever added those master cylindrs and fabricated that clunky, amateurish box around them needs to have his tools taken away from him.
    That's like adding a plastic name tag under the Mona Lisa. Yeah, it gets the job done, but it's plastic on a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

    Anyone notice the engine seems to be offset to the passenger side? They moved the trans tunnel over as far as they could too... over far enough that the torque tube isn't centered in it. More room for the driver to work.

    And the lightening holes! Like I said, every component was drilled, and they weren't drilled randomly... all those holes were laid out and placed... stunning.

  27. A23
    Joined: May 15, 2010
    Posts: 108

    from Hollywood

    I'm thinking one's fuel pressure.
  28. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,154


    Your sexy and you know it! ~sololobo~
  29. Rusty Junk Ranch
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 776

    Rusty Junk Ranch

    Jay, Fantasy Junction is one of my regular stops also. This kind of car is the norm there. Always fantastic machinery to look at. I better get over there before this one disappears !:)

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